East Kootenay Traffic Services are praising tougher rules for excessive speeding.
New penalties for street racing and other dangerous road offenses take effect across the province Friday.
Drivers caught going more than 40 kilometres over the speed limit could be prohibited from getting behind the wheel for at least three months or up to three years.
Sergeant Don Erichsen says he sees people breaking this law throughout the region.
“Excessive speed is something that we see a lot more of, particularly in the Kootenay National Park area, but it occurs everywhere,” Erichsen says. “I would suspect that if somebody has been subject to repeat instances of excessive speed, that is probably what the government is looking at sanctioning more severely.”
Erichsen feels this could make motorists think twice about travelling at high speeds.
“People don’t like their wallet being hit, but they like losing their privilege to drive or having their vehicle impounded a whole lot less,” Erichsen says. “To me, this is likely going to have a positive impact.”
Erichsen says there has been a substantial drop in this offence since vehicle impoundments went into place.
He feels the new prohibitions will have a similar impact.
– Sergeant Don Erichsen, East Kootenay Traffic Services